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Poisoned Cambodian Villagers Return Home From Hospital After Contamination Incident That Killed 13

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

Cambodian villagers hospitalized after drinking water taken from a polluted river have begun to return home, with many openly concerned that clean water distributed by authorities may soon run out, leaving them again dependent on a contaminated source.


Santa Clara Valley Water District Approves $650 Million USD For California Water Tunnel Project

San Francisco, CA

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has voted to support State Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels to transfer Northern California water to Southern California.

The district’s board voted 4-3 May 8 to support the $17 Billion USD project and to commit up to $650 Million USD to help pay for it.


Corona Beer Protest: Leading Mexico Activist Arrested


A leading campaigner for water rights regarding a planned US beer plant in the Mexican state of Baja California, was arrested at his home May 3 accused of injuries against a police officer in January this year.


China Grants Ethiopia $250 Million USD For Drinking Water In Tigray

Mekelle, Ethiopia

China will grant Ethiopia a total of $250 million USD under an agreement signed May 10 by Ethiopian Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Admasu Nebebe, and the Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Tan Jian.


China Does Not Want Philippines Natural Resources As Collateral For Water Financing

MANILA, Phillipines

Philippines Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has denied claims that China may be asking the country for natural resources as collateral for loans and other financing support related to water projects.


China's South-North Diversion Has Transferred 5 Billion Cubic Liters To Beijing


Since China's South-to-North Water Diversion project started operations in 2008, a total of five billion cubic meters of water has been transferred to Beijing by May 8, 2018, according to the project office in Beijing.


IUCN And Conservation International Concerned About Mekong Tributaries

GENEVA, Switzerland

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Conservation International, in collaboration with the Cambodia National Mekong Committee, disseminated a report May 10 on the Freshwater Health Index, a tool to assess freshwater ecosystem health in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong rivers, which are major tributaries of the Mekong River. 

The livelihood of about 3.4 million people in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are a focus of concern because of human activity and hydropower dam development.


China Cracks Down On 7 Cities For Solid Waste Pollution


China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on Friday held talks May 11 with seven municipal governments, urging them to take actions against illegal disposal of solid waste.


Deal On Murray Darling Basin Plan Could Make History For Australian Indigenous Peoples' Water Rights


Australia's Labor Party has agreed to a federal government policy package intended to ensure the survival of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Proposed amendments to the plan, if implemented, the proposed bipartisan commitment may do more to advance the water rights of Aboriginal peoples in the Murray-Darling Basin than any other government initiative in the history of the region.


Thessaloniki Authorities Deal With Water Quality Problems After Floods In Greece


Efforts were under way May 11 to restore water supplies to Thessaloniki after a heavy downpour  affected the quality of local drinking water. The city's water board (EYATH) was temporarily suspending water supplies in different parts of the city - chiefly the center and western districts - as efforts proceeded to improve the quality.


Nestle Will Provide Bottled Water To Flint, Michigan For The Next Several Months


Nestle will provide some Flint, Michigan residents with bottled water for the next several months, the company has announced. Nestle has been criticized for its deal to pump more water from rural Michigan for its bottled water business. The company has agreed to distribute thousands of those bottles for free to Flint residents.


Hawaii Residents Receive Water Warning As Volcanic Activity Continues


The US State of Hawaii’s Department has issued drinking water guidance to residents following recent volcanic activity.

The Kilauea volcano, started to erupt May 3 on the state's Big Island. Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes because of lava and the threat of toxic fumes.


“Escalating Water Scarcity Challenge” In Near East And North Africa Region Blighted By Conflicts And Violence

ROME, Italy

The United Nations Food Agricultural Organization’s (UNFAO) Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed emphasized water resource challenges in an opening address to the agency’s 34th Session of the Regional Conference for the Near East in Rome this week.


Water Security Is Key To Peace And Security In Central Asia And The Caucasus: Report

BANGKOK, Thailand

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) released a “Working Paper”, titled “Water Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus - A Key to Peace and Sustainable Development” aiming to understand the root causes of water conflict in Central Asia, and the role of water in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the Caucasus.


Rising Cost Of Germany’s Tap Water Blamed On High Nitrate Levels In Groundwater

BERLIN, Germany

The price of tap water in Germany rose on average over 25 percent between 2005 and 2016, an evaluation from the country’s pro-environment Green party has found, attributing rising prices to nitrate pollution from agricultural production and manure, state news agency Deutsche Welle reports.


Kenya: 47 Dead, Hundreds Displaced As Rift Valley Flower Farming Dam "Bursts"

SOLAI, Kenya

At least 48 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds of families displaced after the walls of Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, broke down on 9 May. The dam served a commercial rose farming operation in the region.

Some bodies, washed away by a "wall of water", have been recovered several kilometers downstream from the disaster.


Pakistan Will "Forcefully" Seek World Bank Intervention In Indus Treaty Dispute With India


Pakistan's top civil-military leadership has directed "forceful" pursuit of alleged violations by India of the Indus Waters Treaty with the World Bank, the guarantor of the agreement.


Sudan "Regrets" Egypt Stance On Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Talks Impasse


The Sudanese government "regrets" statements attributed to the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry blaming the failure of recent meeting over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Sudan and Ethiopia, the Sudan Trbune has reported. The three countries held a technical meeting including irrigation ministers and experts in Addis Ababa on May 5 to discuss their difference over a report b


Ukraine: US OSCE Envoy Hits Out At Russia Over Security At Donetsk Filter Station

DONETSK, Ukraine

The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has spoken out in strong terms to OSCE leadership about the deteriorating security situation around the Donetsk water filtration station in Eastern Ukraine, laying blame firmly at the door of Russia.

In a May 3 address to OSCE’s Permanent Council in Vienna, Harry Kaiman described “growing concern we have watched the security situation around the Donetsk Filtration Station deteriorate over the past few weeks…the conflict jeopardizes the supply of clean water, and subjects thousands to the risk of inhaling poisonous chlorine gas stored at the station”.


Netanyahu, The Water Tech Start-up, Guterres and The Israeli-Georgian Billionaire

TEL AVIV, Israel

Israeli media outlet Haaretz is posing potentially awkward questions in the last 2 weeks about the relationship between “Watergen”, a start-up water technology company, and the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.